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Raiders celebrate 15 years!

by Michael Carlson, DCW staff

The 2005 season marks the 15th anniversary of the Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps. Although the corps is hard at work getting ready for this summer’s competition, their celebration efforts include a time to reflect on past successes, as well as prepare their sights on the future.

George Lavelle, Jr. established the corps in the fall of 1990. Even though Lavelle has moved on to become the executive director for the Bridgemen Alumni Corps, he remains an advisor and mentor to the Raiders organization....

March 06, 2005

An important message from the publisher

As many of you have probably learned — through the DCW Web site, Drum Corps Planet, RAMD or word of mouth — I have had a challenging five weeks. I originally scheduled surgery for Tuesday, January 18, and allowed six weeks between the February and March issues to recover. I completed 13 of the 20 pages of this issue prior to the operation.

The surgery went well and I was discharged after five days in the hospital and was making good progress in recovering strength.

Then I had a setback on January 30, when I experienced a...

February 28, 2005

To all friends of Drum Corps World and Steve Vickers

by Michael Boo

As you may know by now, Steve has had some serious health problems lately. The owner and publisher of Drum Corps World had to have open-heart surgery in January to replace a defective heart valve. After a relatively short stay at the University of Wisconsin Hospital, Steve was sent home to recover.

If you’ve sent Steve e-mails during that time, please know they may not have been answered as he had great difficulty getting downstairs to where his computer is based.

Steve put together much of the next issue of Drum...

February 07, 2005

Drum Corps World office will be closed between January 18 and February 1

The Drum Corps World office in Madison, WI, will be closed for two weeks between Tuesday, January 18, and Tuesday, February 1. If you submit an order for any of the products listed on our Web site through our “store,” it will be processed and filled after Wednesday, February 2. Callers to the office’s toll free or regular telephone numbers can leave a voicemail message, but it will not be returned until after the beginning of February.

Articles for this site will not be updated during the same period of time.

Thanks for...

January 17, 2005

Dates listed for spring indoor concert season

We have been able to put together a partial listing of the alumni and senior corps indoor concerts that have been scheduled in the Eastern United States. Dates for the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame and Harrisburg “Serenade In Brass” shows are not yet available.

* April 2 — Baltimore, MD, “Dixie Stinger” sponsored by the Yankee Rebels

* April 9 — Harrisburg, PA, “Serenade in Brass” sponsored by Five Star Brass

* April 16 — Upper Darby, PA, “Brass Reunion” sponsored...

January 17, 2005

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Drum Corps World is published as an on-line electronic magazine by Sights & Sounds, Inc., Madison, WI. It is supported by advertising from manufacturers, service providers, corps, circuits and show sponsors. The publication began in October 1971 at the same time Drum Corps International was formed and has been produced continuously as a tabloid newspaper until April 2011 and on the Internet since May 2011. It is released monthly, as well as six additional e-mail blasts, one in late June, three during July and two in August.

The worldwide staff of writers and photographers provide show reviews during the season and interviews, feature articles, news and human interest stories during the off-season. The photographs that appear in the magazine are provided by 27 staff members who are scattered around the world. The publication covers World and Open Class Drum Corps International corps, Open and Class A Drum Corps Associates corps, alumni, mini-, parade and standstill units, as well as the growing activity in Europe, the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Philippines and South Africa.